The Surveillance Resistance Lab builds power to advance democracy

The Lab is a think and act tank

We expand the terrain in which we organize to confront a challenging and urgent problem—how increasing government and corporate reliance on surveillance technologies undermines fundamental rights and democracy. Learn more about the Lab.

We are committed to SUPPORTING movements TO challenge the threat surveillance presents

Surveillance presents a threat to the autonomy, agency, and power of those who are increasingly watched, managed, policed, or commodified. We build across issues, movements, and geographies, to take on how surveillance technologies expand systems of control and punishment in public spaces, schools, workplaces, and at and across borders. This includes supporting criminalized communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, abortion seekers, students, workers, and organizers fighting for racial, economic, and social justice. 

We Engage in Investigative research, campaign incubation, advocacy, and organizing

The Surveillance Resistance Lab engages in investigative research, campaign incubation, advocacy, and organizing. We identify productive spaces for engagement and intervention to expand civil engagement on these issues. We are committed to collaborating with community-based and worker-led organizations and building networks to foster increased organizing and power-building. Together, we work to build our collective knowledge and develop interventions to enhance democracy and advance socioeconomic equity and justice. Learn more about our work.

We are A Hub for Stakeholders

The Lab also serves as a hub for a wide range of stakeholders to sharpen understanding around the ways surveillance, algorithmic management, and the data economy threaten racial and economic justice. Here’s more about how we engage with our partners.